Laurie, Jess and I were in Charlottesville to catch the UVA vs Duke Football game. It ended up being a bit of a blowout and it was great to see quarterback Bryce Perkins playing in person and dominating the game. The lopsided result made it a fun game to be at.
That night Jess and I stayed just west of Charlottesville and then went for a hike to McAfee Knob on the Appalachian Trail. The foggy conditions were a bit spooky but also meant we didn’t get much of a view for most of it. At the top we were entirely surrounded by fog. It was nice to be in nature and a fun hike.
Mumford & Sons came to Charlottesville and we were able to see them play. Before the concert we stopped for dinner with Jen and Janek at The Local in Charlottesville for a fantastic meal. At the concert the stage was set up square in the middle of the floor and our seats were in the corner. It was a cool setup having people all the way around.
Saturday I joined Jess and her family in Charlottesville for the UVA vs Liberty football game. We had a good tailgate spot and brought plenty of clothes to bundle up in the cold. We were going to leave early if the point differential ever got below the temperature. Being a 21 point game and not 35 we stayed until the end.
Jimmy Buffett has been on my to-see concert list for a long time and Jess got us floor seats to see him play at John Paul Jones Arena in Charlottesville. We made a weekend of it going out for dinner in Charlottesville before the concert and spending the night at the Inn at Darden.
Caroline Jones opened and was great. The floor seats were awesome and we had so much fun!
ECU Basketball was in Charlottesville playing UVA who was ranked in the top 10 at the time. I got to see the game with Patrick, Lauren and Jen. In the end it wasn’t much of a competitive game, but it was fun to root for ECU from the UVA section.
I joined some UVA friends on a non-ECU weekend for the UVA vs Duke game. We had a great parking pass right at the stadium and the plan was to park the van there with all of our tailgate stuff and have everyone congregate there. We arrived only to find out that the van was WAY to big to fit in the tiny parking spaces let alone have any space to tailgate. After shuffling cars and parking the van elsewhere we commenced with our tailgate and ended up having a good time. UVA even won the game!
This weekend started out with a visit to the McCormack Observatory – this was at one point the largest telescope in the world in 1878 and is at the campus of the University of Virginia. They open a couple times a month to the public and I got the chance to look through the lens at the moon.
With all the driving I do for sailing and ECU football I’ve really wanted a new car with a little more space and better mileage than the focus was getting. I knew a 2012 Diesel VW Jetta SportWagen with a manual transmission and a sunroof was the perfect car. After a big of digging I found one in Charlottesville. I’m really looking forward to being able to cartop the Laser to some distant regattas in Massachusetts and Long Island this spring and avoid the tolls.